Ockham's Razor - Program podcast

ABC Radio National

Science & Medicine

William of Ockham was an English monk, philosopher, theologian, who provided the scientific method with its key principle 700 years ago. 'What can be done with fewer assumptions is done in vain with more,' he said. That is, in explaining any phenomenon, we should use no more explanatory concepts than are absolutely necessary. Simplicity should never be despised. Thoughtful people have their say, without interruption, on important science-related topics.



Age shall not weary them

October 15th, 2016

Keeping your body in working order.


Mythbusting superfoods

October 8th, 2016

With little or no research backing up the 'super' claims of the food industry, Dr Emma Beckett tells us why they could be doing more harm than good.


The Lucky Country?

October 1st, 2016

Is Australia truly a great nation, or has it all been luck so far? asks scientist and author, Ian Lowe.


Bird brain

September 24th, 2016

Research over the past decade has discovered that birds are smarter than we ever imagined, with cognitive skills in many ways closer to our primate relatives than to their reptilian ones.